At the bottom of this article are links to sources that will show you how to get a free Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft even now.
Windows 10 seems to have had not too bad a month as usage crept upwards a notch. As of the end of November, Windows 10 covered 23.72% of the PC market. That’s a lot better than the 22.59% that it posted for October which, itself, was not that much higher than the 22.53% posted the month before.
Even though consumer adoption of Windows 10 surged last year when the new operating system from Microsoft was launched, this year has been more than a little lukewarm. Windows 7 still seems to have the edge, with more than 47% of users reluctant to move to the new environment.
Though Microsoft has been furiously dropping preview build to Windows Insiders, the general adoption rate still seems sluggish.
However, December is likely to tell a different story because of a couple of factors.
The first of these will be the results of the holiday season. Microsoft is currently on Day 6 of its “12 Days of Deals” special, and you can get the details from our earlier blog post linked below.
All of the deals on PCs, laptops and mobile devices come with Windows 10 preloaded, so December should provide a solid spike in adoption based on the sale of new units.
The second reason is Surface Studio, which has already started shipping to customers who pre-ordered early. By now many will have received their $3,000 PCs running Windows 10, so that number should reflect in December adoption rates as well.
So far things are looking good for December, but the real surge in adoption is expected to come next year when the Surface Studio goes on retail and the Windows 10 Creators Update finally drops. Both of these should help boost the presence of Windows 10.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has left a couple of backdoors for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
The free Windows 10 upgrade is meant for users of assistive technologies, but Microsoft hasn’t put any restrictions on this. Basically, any user with a valid product key for the mentioned older Windows versions can upgrade using this method.
There’s also the ISO image file option, where you can clean install Windows 10 on any PC irrespective of whether or not you have a product key.
Microsoft will notify users through the website once they close the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for assistive technology users, so until then we’ll be posting regular reminders that it is still free for eligible users.
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